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Shirley Roberta Johnson

Shirley Roberta Johnson, 87 years of age and longtime Harborite, died on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, with her family at her side, at her Montesano home, following an extended illness. She was born on October 28, 1926, in Stockholm, Maine to Peter and Bessie (McGuire) Carlstrom.

Wallace Bernard Welch

Wallace Bernard “Wally” Welch, a Grayland resident died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at the Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was 86. Wally was born April 4, 1928, at Alsea, Ore., to Bernard Harrison and Nettie May (Sturgis) Welch.

Walter Clair Lenahan 4/20/1935 to 6/10/2014

Walter Clair Lenahan, beloved husband of 57 years to Patricia Anne of Roanoke, Va.; father to Karen Diane Buchanan (Doug) of Roanoke, and Lorelei Pogany (Wayne) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; brother of Diane Tegelberg (Herb) of Montesano, Wash., and Sheri Downes (Brian) of Eugene, Ore. He was preceded in death by his parents; Harold and Doris Lenahan, and brothers Ronald and Patrick Lenahan.

Emma Ruth Goodman

Emma Ruth Goodman, 88, of Abilene, passed away on Sept. 17, 2014, at a local nursing home. A visitation with the family is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Piersall Funeral Directors, 733 Butternut St with a service to follow at 3 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home. A graveside service will be held Monday at 9 a.m. in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Hester Woodworth

Hester Elizabeth Woodworth passed away Sept. 9, 2014, in Olympia, Wash., a month short of her 100th birthday. She was born Oct. 6, 1914, to David and Lola Fay (Nelson) Bagby in Grandview, Iowa. She lived in Hoquiam, Wash., for 79 years, and Olympia the last 11. She is survived by daughters; Joann Walhmark, Karen Tucker, Peggy Osborne and Sandra Oleson; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren. A Memorial/Celebration of Life will be held at the Summit Lake Community Association, 11545 Summit Lake Rd. NW on October 5, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please leave memories at www.FuneralAlternatives.org .

Charlie Leroy Porter

Charlie LeRoy Porter, 78 years of age and a longtime Harborite, died on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. He was born on June 25, 1936, in Roy, Wash. to Albert Emory Sr. and Martha Amelia (Byrd) Porter.

Janette Grace Schamber

Janette Grace Schamber, 70, a longtime resident of Aberdeen, passed away at Fir Lane Rehabilitation Center, Shelton, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Janette was born in Aberdeen on March 17, 1944, the daughter of Thorne and Margaret (Maki) Brown. She graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1962.

Shirley “Darlene” Strunk

Shirley “Darlene” Strunk, a peacemaker, took off her gloves at 57, put her hand in Jesus’s, and walked through the pearly gates of heaven at 9:54 a.m. on Monday, September 15, 2014, after a long fight with lung cancer.

Nellie Josephene Harrison

Nellie Josephene Harrison passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 84. Nellie was born in Grand Tower, Ill. on Nov. 26, 1929 to James and Grace (Shaw) Godair and raised in Perryville, Mo.

Lois Berneida Holland Reams

Lois passed away peacefully under the care of Dr.’s Anne Marie Wong, Barbara Givens and Timothy Troeh, as well as many skilled and compassionate nurses/staff at Grays Harbor Community Hospital on Sept. 11, 2014.[]

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Susan Marie Gibson

Susan Marie Gibson, age 54, a lifetime resident of the Harbor, passed away on Sept. 6, 2014, at her home in Hoquiam. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She spent most of her life helping others.

Leah Rae Woods 3-30-51 to 12-20-12

This is a belated obituary to inform the Ocean Shores community of Leah’s passing nearly two years ago, Dec. 20, 2012, of lung cancer. One of the more aggravating aspects of it, besides the pain, was the fact she was diagnosed at Stage IV two weeks after forced retirement from her job at the Ocean Shores, Wash. State Liquor Store, when the Nov. 2011 election put the state out of the liquor business.

Barbara Marie Bexten

Barbara Marie Bexten, 66 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam, Wash. area resident, died on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at her home in Hoquiam following an extended illness. She was born on May 14, 1948, in Aberdeen, Wash. to Walter Neil and Mary Elizabeth (Jordan) Olesen. She was a longtime member of Our Lady of Good Help Catholic Church in Hoquiam.

Elsa E. Lentz

Elsa E. Lentz, 93, floral designer for Pioneer Florist for many years, died at Westhaven Villa, Aberdeen, Thursday evening Sept. 4, 2014. She was born in Red Lodge, Mont. on Jan. 24, 1921, the daughter of John and Elsa (Lindberg) Haavisto, and came with her family to Ilwaco in 1932.

James William Alwood April 8, 1922 – Aug. 21, 2014

On Aug. 21, the “Greatest Generation” lost another of its heroes when God called his beloved son Jim, a convert to Catholicism, home to join his wife of 67 years, Eileen, and daughter Mary who preceded him in death. He was born on April 8, 1922, in Edgerton, Alberta, Canada, inside a 2-room farm cabin to David “Will” and Lerah (Hammock) Alwood, he was the youngest of four children.

Beulah Caroline (Rinell) Nikula

Beulah Caroline (Rinell) Nikula, a longtime resident of Grays Harbor and Olympia, passed-away at her home in Olympia on Thursday, September 4, 2014. She was 88. Beulah was born April 21, 1926 in Deep River, Wash. to Wayne and Laina (Hokkanen) Rinell, Lindholm. She grew up in Deep River, Aberdeen and Cosmopolis and is a graduate of Weatherwax High School’s class of 1944.